Susan Randall has worked as a criminal defense investigator in Vermont for the past 20 years, working closely with a wide range of attorneys. Susan has worked as a mitigation specialist and investigator on capital, federal and state cases. She has helped prepare countless state and federal cases for trial & sentencing, and spends a great deal of time coming and going from correctional facilities, and advocating for her clients.  Susan became interested in helping with Hope Beneath the Tree a few years ago, when she realized how hopeless many incarcerated parents felt around the holidays, as they were unable to provide gifts for their children. She encouraged her children, Raz and Lena Hansen to get involved, and their friends, and together they all started the organization. This project continues to be a great source of hope and inspiration for Susan, her children, and her clients.